This is a really fun toy, don't get us wrong. It's squeaky, it's got a spiky-ball core, it's perfect for throwing or gnawing. But the real story behind this toy is that its smiling face--just like a cactus' ability to retain water-- only lasts so long. Wrapped in two layers of fabric, your pup can rip off the smiley face to reveal the same cactus but with a frowny face. Guess what? Drought is sad.